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Painting, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat in Malta

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Personal, not group retreats. The Tree supports 1, maximum 2 persons at a time.

Allow your creativity to flow and flourish at The Tree Gozo. Andrea welcomes you to her life, her home, and family; a three-bedroom 400-year old Gozitan farmhouse offering comfort, family, and tranquility. Join Andrea as she accompanies you for six days of yoga, sacred sites, Vedic painting, and deep introspection and feeling. This environment allows and supports you to be your authentic self.

Meet the instructors

Andrea
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Highlights

  • Yoga and meditation sessions
  • Acrylic paints, canvas for the painting sessions
  • Enjoy Floatation Therapy session and Emotional Release Techniques
  • Immerse yourself in the sun, sea, and spontaneous creativity
  • Free pickup and drop-off from the Gozo ferry
  • 2-hour Lomi Lomi massage treatment
  • Ecstatic dance and card readings
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 2 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

You will stay in a private bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. Fresh towels and linens, and a hairdryer are provided. There is Wi-Fi and each room is equipped with a gas heater for winter and a fan for summer.

Pool Room

The middle room, which connects to the common areas, has one queen bed and an en-suite bathroom. It has a door that connects directly to the pool. The bathroom also has a bathtub. It is the oldest room in the house and displays traditional Maltese tiles as well as high ceilings. The room is ideal for dreams, relaxation, and connection to water.

Earth Room

The lower room, which is partially underground, has one queen bed and an en-suite bathroom. It connects to the healing cave. It is the quietest room in the home. The room is ideal for deep introspection and meditation. The energy of the room and its cave have been known as an initiation room, where you are able to meet, embrace, and unlock awareness and power that has previously held you back. It is also the warmest room in the winter and the coolest room in summer (if you are temperature sensitive).

Massages, sessions with Andrea, some ecstatic dances, and yoga - weather not permitting in winter - will be held in the cave (only for those on retreat). The Tree Gozo team kindly asks you to allow them to pass through the room to the cave. All other uses of the cave are by the discretion of the guest in this room.

Program

After over a decade of service in the field, Andrea approaches retreats like she does life: play with what arises in a spiritual-human way. Spontaneous creativity, service, and joy of whatever arises is the dance of life. Support and sharing are the cornerstones. In the home, taking responsibility for what we feel as well as owning our own authenticity is essential. Join her family of cats and local women who warmly welcome you to share and remember the beautiful gift of being human experiencing life.

Allow yourself the opportunity to let go of the pain, suffering, and discomfort that has accumulated in the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Be supported to embrace and meet your inner world. Receive tools on how to cultivate your relationship with yourself, emotional release, and how to navigate and discern the discomfort of what arises within you. Honor yourself through time and space in a safe, nurturing, sanctuary. Andrea will also be on hand for one-on-one individual and personal support and guidance if needed.

Life in the Tree Gozo home focuses on relaxation, service, and authenticity, allowing what has been unseen within to be seen, embraced, and transformed through support, gentle guidance, and self-realization. Movement, foods, guidance, exercises, and sessions all support your process. (Please note this retreat is not a replacement for medical assistance or a home for substance withdrawal).

This is a personal retreat that is conducted in flow, which means, adjusts to the natural rhythms of life and how you feel in the moment. Each retreat is tailored to what you need at a specific time. ​The schedule is flexible to be most suitable for your needs and reflected by the season.

Sample schedule

Day 1: Arrival

  • 15:00 Check-in
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 - 19:45 Session with Andrea

Day 2

  • 06:30 - 08:30 Movement (Yoga, Dance, or Trekking)
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Fresh juice and breakfast
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Card readings
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Emotional Release Techniques
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Lomi Lomi massage
  • 18:00 Dinner

Day 3

  • 07:30 - 08:45 Movement (Yoga, Dance, or Trekking)
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Fresh juice and breakfast
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Card readings
  • 14:00 - 15:30 Place of Power
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Paint
  • 18:00 Dinner

Day 4

  • 06:30 - 08:30 Movement (Yoga, Dance, or Trekking)
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Fresh Juice and breakfast
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Card readings
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Flotation Therapy Session
  • 14:00 - 15:30 Place of Power
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Paint
  • 18:00 Dinner

Day 5

  • 06:30 - 08:30 Movement (Yoga, Dance, or Trekking)
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Fresh juice and breakfast
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Card readings
  • 14:00 - 15:30 Place of Power
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Paint
  • 18:00 Dinner

Day 6: Departure

  • 06:00 - 07:00 Silent sunrise meditation and walk
  • 07:00 - 08:15 Paint
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Fresh juice and breakfast
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Card readings
  • 12:00 Check-out

Note

  • Opportunity to stay extra nights before and after the retreat. Please ask about the possibility of extra nights when making a reservation
  • The Tree Gozo can substitute yoga for ecstatic dance and vice versa
  • Karma yoga is performed daily, which is, together we clean up after meals washing, drying, and putting away the dishes. You are always welcome to help water the plants in the garden if you wish to
  • If the weather does not permit us to be outdoors, yoga sessions will be in the cave
  • Thursday evenings from 19:00 - 20:30 are self-care sessions

Included excursions

Excursions to Places of Power are included in the program.

Instructors

Andrea Ridgway

Location

Welcome to the home of Andrea; a magical 400-year-old farmhouse built of the local Maltese limestone, which has been renovated and kept in old-modern style, offering comfort, charm, and relaxation. The farmhouse offers a warm, sensual, and idyllic inspiration to regenerate and reveal yourself. It lies on a ley line connected to a water portal just off the island of Comino. A magical space that is abundant in local crystals, plants, cats, and love.

Located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea on the island of Gozo in the village of Qala. Gozo, which means 'joy', is a little spit of land sitting in the Mediterranean Sea with a unique rocky coastal landscape, waters so crystal-clear and the sky so bright blue that you’ll have to rub your eyes to believe what you are seeing.

Gozo is the second-largest island of the Maltese Archipelago and is an ideal destination for those who treasure a slow, relaxed rhythm of life and cherish the unspoiled countryside and being close to the sea. The beauty of surrounding nature all around creates an ambiance of complete peace.

The home and lifestyle are based on relaxation, play, and inspiration. While there is WiFi, you will find a better signal without it as the home is connected with nature, animals, sunrise, and walking trails. She shares her space with five affectionate cats: Azué, Molly, Louisa, Oscar, and Blackie.

The garden outside the pool area gives season vegetables and herbs when available. The host also buys fresh goat cheese, goat milk, and free-range eggs from the neighbor, who is a shepherd and can be seen daily walking her sheep and goats by the house.

Life is simple, supportive, and nurturing. You will be well looked after and nurtured as all your basic needs are provided for. The home does not have a television but it does have a large table for everyone to share and support one another.

​The house is set on three floors with three en-suite bedrooms on each level. Its private pool overlooks the untiring views of Blue Lagoon, Comino, and Malta. The heart of the home is the triangular common area with a living room, kitchen, dining, and a fireplace. And located just below is the natural healing cave where therapies and sessions take place.

Andrea lives in the top part of the house while the other bedrooms, The Pool Room and The Earth Room are located in the middle and lower part of the house.

Food

All meals are vegetarian / vegan, local catch (fish) available upon request, and usually gluten-free and bio and organic when available. The meals are a combination of hot, warm, cool food depending on the weather. Meals can be eaten together or solo, outside on the terrace (weather permitting), picnic-style, or indoors. ​

Meals include fresh juice or superfood smoothie, breakfast, and dinner.

Example menus can be seen below. The menus are not limited to examples. One option served per meal). One fresh juice or superfood smoothie will be offered daily with the exception of days off.

Example menus

Breakfast

  • Fresh vegetable and fruit juice with homemade kombucha
  • Protein-packed vegetable superfood smoothie

AND

  • Warm spicy porridge with fruits, nuts, and seeds
  • Soaked chia seeds in plant milk with local fruit
  • Spinach pie
  • Chia pudding with granola
  • Overnight porridge with berries
  • Forrest fruit or apple vanilla crumble
  • Gluten-free onion and herbal bread with hummus and veggies
  • Keto pancakes with fresh fruit

Dinner

  • Pumpkin Sage Risotto
  • Tomato and Mushroom Thyme Polenta
  • Asian Stir-Fry with Peanut Ginger Sauce
  • Mexican Chocolate Chilli with Wild Rice & Guacamole
  • Fresh Indian Daal with Hot Pickle, Cucumber & Tomato Salad & Homemade Chapatis
  • Porcini Mushroom Risotto with Fresh Leaf Salad
  • Moroccan Tagine with Fig Couscous & Homemade Hummus
  • Slow Cooked Lentil & Butternut Pie with Creamy Mash & Homemade Gravy
  • Tofu & Mushroom Ramen with Fresh Vegetables
  • Spiced Aubergine Persian Pie with Pomegranate Honey Glazed Carrots & Tabbouleh
  • Lasagne with Cashew Cream & Fresh Leaf Salad
  • Wattaka Sri Lankan Curry with Pickle & Homemade Flatbread
  • Soy-Free Mexican Tacos with Guacamole & Salsa
  • West African Peanut & Chilli Stew with Wild Rice & Mint Yogurt
  • Quinoa Spaghetti Meatballs with fresh leaf salad
  • Middle-Eastern Squash and Pistachio Roast with Pomegranate, Homemade Tzatziki & Tomato Salad
  • Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie with Balsamic Slow Cooked Cabbage, Broccoli & Homemade Gravy
  • Four Nut Roast with Fluffy Roasted Potatoes, Lightly Steamed Green Beans, and Cranberry Sauce
  • Warm Beetroot & Quinoa Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing and Crushed Nuts
  • Fresh fish (catch of the day)

Other options available are: fasting, substitute a meal for a fresh vegetable juice, or substitute a meal for a soup

Meals are made without added sugar or salt. These are available for you to add if you wish. Dinner meals are usually plant and protein-based, if you would like starches and carbs (ie. rice, potatoes, gluten-free pasta) please request at the time of booking.

Snacks available include fresh fruit, an assortment of nuts and dried fruits, dark chocolate, dips (hummus, pesto, and bean), granola bars, energy balls, rice crackers, and fresh vegetables. ​

Beginning in November:

Meals are community-style which means we prepare and eat together or separately. We gather our own ingredients except for basics like oils, herbs and spices, and grains like rice, risotto, and gluten-free flours. We can do the shopping if need be. That way we can eat what we feel when we need it and thus take away the pressure to eat. (Price will be adjusted to reflect this).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Pescatarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Yoga and meditation sessions
  • Sunrise in silence at Cart Ruts
  • Excursions to Places of Power
  • Painting sessions
  • Acrylic paints and four 24 x 30 cm canvas included (larger canvases available upon please request)
  • 2-hour Lomi Lomi massage treatment
  • Floatation Therapy session
  • Session with Andrea
  • Ecstatic dance
  • Daily card readings
  • Optional activities / exercises to cultivate your relationship with yourself
  • Emotional Release Techniques
  • One-on-one individual and personal support and guidance
  • Daily fresh vegetable juice or superfood smoothie
  • Free pickup and drop-off from the Gozo ferry
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Meals made with organic vegetables from our garden (when available)
  • Gift yourself the time and opportunity to connect with yourself
  • Enjoy life and yourself in a relaxed, gentle, loving sanctuary
  • Immerse yourself in the sun, sea, and spontaneous creativity

What's not included

  • Airport transfer
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by bus

There is a direct bus X1 (2 EUR) that will take you from the airport directly to the Gozo Ferry Terminal. The journey by bus takes over an hour and you will enjoy some nice views of Malta on the way.

Arrival by taxi

The Tree Gozo can also organize a taxi from the airport to the ferry terminal in Malta (Cirkewwa) and the cost is around 25 EUR. Please send your flight details and exact arrival time. Specific directions and location available upon request.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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